Hermeneutics - Pitfall of Nationalizing It's one of the most well known verses in the Old Testament: "If My people who are called by My name..." 2 Chronicles 7:14. Many Christians take this verse and apply it to the United States or whichever country in which they happen to reside. It has become a popular verse both in the realm of religion and that of politics. Does this verse encompass the United States as, for example, Joseph Farah asserts? Can we take promises God made to Israel and make blanket application to ourselves or our home country? We will look at this question and utilize other texts (Scripture interpreting Scripture) to come to a biblical understanding of this question. (Hint: No, we can't) What about texts such as Isaiah 54:17 which says that "no weapon formed against you will prosper" and then appears to give a universal application by saying "This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord." Surely a promise such as this has a broader application than that of Israel, correct? Aren't all Christians "servants of the Lord"? How can we know what applies to us and what does not? We will examine this question and, hopefully, answer it!